That is to say, I am serious about not being serious. Snaps, despite its self-effacing title, is a record of six decades worth of acute observation, from the playful to the deeply serious. The book is divided under nine headings, including Touch, Stand, Tell and Point, each illustrating a shift in subject matter rather than style. The images included under the heading Touch, for instance, include a Spanish couple dancing closely in a kitchen and two men fighting on a New York street.
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The family moved to Milan when Erwitt was young and lived there throughout the s. In , after his parents separated, Erwitt moved to Los Angeles with his father. When Erwitt was just 16 years old, however, his father moved to New Orleans , leaving Erwitt on his own. He continued to attend high school and began teaching himself photography. To earn money, Erwitt hired himself out as a wedding photographer. In the s Erwitt traveled to Moscow twice. On his first trip he documented the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution During his second trip he took one of his best-known photographs, which shows Pres.
Erwitt was hired through Magnum to document film production on sets for movies such as On the Waterfront and The Seven Year Itch , at which he captured iconic images of Marlon Brando and Marilyn Monroe , respectively. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Erwitt also produced numerous programs and movies for HBO in the s, including The Great Pleasure Hunt, a series of comedic travel documentaries from the perspective of pleasure seekers. In addition to his photojournalism, Erwitt became well known for his photographs of dogs and in published his first book of dogs, titled Son of Bitch.
Erwitt is the man behind some of the most oft-reproduced photographs. Many of them are so ubiquitous , appearing in advertisements and on posters, mugs, and postcards, that they often are no longer identified as his, such as Provence, France, , the image of a man, wearing a beret, riding his bicycle down the road ahead while perched on the back are two long baguettes and a child looking back at the photographer over his shoulder.
Snaps by Elliott Erwitt – review